What are the parts of an edging clamp?
|The main parts of an edging clamp are a frame, a number of jaws, plates, a screw and a handle.|
|The frame of an edging clamp connects all the parts together. Its shape can vary, depending on the model.|
A companion edging clamp will have a much smaller frame than a standalone edging clamp.
The frame also differs because it has a small slot where another type of clamp is secured.
On most edging clamps, the jaws can be identified as the two metal 'arms' holding the screws and the clamping plates. The jaws are responsible for withstanding the strain that comes with clamping applications.
Rounded metal or plastic plates are positioned at the end of the screws, and are responsible for gripping on to the edge of the work surface during projects.
Most edging clamps have three plates; two which grip on to the surface area, whilst the third holds the edging in place on its side.
|The plates can usually be tilted or adjusted in order to give the clamp versatility when holding on to tapered or curved edging.|
An edging clamp has at least one threaded screw which controls the clamping action.
Depending on the type, an edging clamp may have one, two or even three screws.
The handle is connected to the screw and is used to adjust the jaws. The shape and size of handle that an edging clamp has can vary: some may have a sliding pin handle made out of metal. An advantage of this type of handle is the extra leverage that is gained when tightening the jaws.
|There are also plastic and wooden handles which are much thicker than a sliding pin. This type of handle can be useful, as it is often ergonomically designed to be comfortably used one-handed by the user.|
Models of edging clamp in which all three jaws are controlled by one handle will usually have a lever.
This lever is controlled by the handle and will adjust the jaws, to either open or close them, when the handle is twisted.
The companion types will have a slot where bar or F-clamps can be inserted and secured.